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Rape Myth Acceptance at the US Air Force Academy: A Preliminary Look
Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership, United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs
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In 2003, the United States Air Force Academy USAFA came under the national spotlight due to its mishandling of approximately 142 alleged sexual assaults that occurred over a ten year time span Fowler et al., 2003. Both internal and external investigations, including a panel chartered by Congress, revealed a lack of command involvement with sexual assault cases, significant underreporting due to cadet concerns regarding Honor Code violations1, and organizational socialization that stressed the importance of group loyalty over institutional core values HQ USAF, 2003.
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